Boys’ school blown up in Chitral


–No loss of life reported in school attack

–Security personnel martyred in IED attack in Upper Dir

CHITRAL: Unidentified miscreants blew up a boys primary school in the village of Arandu located near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, but no loss of life was reported because the school was closed due to the weekend.

Police said that bombs were planted around the boundary wall of the school which were then remotely detonated. Two rooms of the school were destroyed while the main building received only partial damages, police added.

Police officer Iqbal Karim rushed to the site and started investigation into the matter.

Police said that 80 to 90 students were studying in the school. “Since the school was closed because it was Sunday, no loss of life was reported”. The bomb was locally made, police added.

Police also said that Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and Jamatul Ahrar accepted responsibility for bombing the school. The miscreants from across the border targeted this area many a time in the past, police added.

This is second bombing of the school in this area by the miscreants as in the previous instance a girls primary school in Aasun village was blown up.

The movement of the people in the village has been restricted and no one is allowed to enter the area.

In another incident, a security personnel was martyred and another injured when an IED went off in Upper Dir’s Jungle Khel area at 8:30am. The area has been cordoned off by the security forces.

Meanwhile, security forces averted an attack in North Waziristan’s Datta Khel area after spotting and disarming a roadside IED planted by militants.

It is pertinent to note that the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) recently claimed activity in the region.